This almost goes without saying, but you'd be better off buying a flip phone than investing in a BlackBerry these days. I've been waiting for BlackBerry's obituary for at least three years now, but even if the Canadian company survives for a while longer, its proprietary platform is clearly on the way out.
According to comScore, BlackBerry had a 3.1 percent market share in the United States as of last January, while another firm, Consumer Intelligence Research Partners, said that the BlackBerry accounted for less than .1 percent of all smartphone activations in Q4 of 2013. There are probably more people using old Palm Pre phones from 2009 at this point than BlackBerries. Buy an Android, iOS or Windows Phone, any of which has an operating system that's likely to last until your next phone upgrade.